Warning: This will seem like a lot, but
it doesn’t once you get there, and you can use your own judgment as to
whether or not you will need something. Also, this particular list is
geared towards my specific univeristy
Duvet cover and insert or comforter
Sheets and pillow cases (I recommend two sets of cotton minimum, one set of flannel in addition is optional)
crate topper (super cheap but super comfy after the first few
nights—you may want to get a second one towards the end of the school
Mattress pad—holds the topper in place
Mattress protector (as recommended by an Anon). Some universities have bed bug problems, and you never really know what happened on your bed before it was yours, and this will help ensure a little more help on the cleanliness front.
printer, ink, and paper
Three hole punch
Binders and notebooks
For some classes you’ll want to keep every piece of paper ever (things related to your major and math classes), so these will need to be in binders.
Math and science classes lend themselves to hand-written notes, so you’ll want to use a binder with loose leaf paper or the notebook of your choosing for those. *note* My personal favorites are Mead Five Start Flex Hybrid Notebinders
Pens, pencils, Sharpies (you will use black and silver frequently for labeling random things)
Tape dispenser (can be a cheap $2 plastic one, or a heavy duty, belongs in the office of a CEO one)
glue sticks (yes, you will use them)
Phone and laptop
Phone and laptop chargers
HDMI cord (literally the most used item in my dorm room)
Post Its, paperclips, extra staples, push pines
Closet and Laundry
Leave your high school shirts at home unless you want to use them as sleep shirts. You’ll get plenty of shirts from your college or university.
Hangers. Mine are mismatched and plastic and came straight from my closet at my mother’s.
Hamper. You can choose your preference here. I prefer sturdy plastic with handles, but my roommate loved her fabirc one. Walmart has one that rolls, which is cool. Maybe you just want a laundry bag.
Fabric softener and Downy balls
coffee mugs (can use for tea, coffee, soup, ice water, milk for cookies, Spaghetti-Os, literally anything you can think of)
microwave if you don’t have one in the common area/common area is far away
Small table lamp or floor lamp (put this somewhere across the room from the desk lamp because overhead lighting is the worst)
Books and movies
TV (optional, I use mine as a second monitor pretty frequently)
Video game console, accessories, and games (if desired)
ALL THE CLEANING SUPPLIES
Canvases, posters, pictures, corkboards, etc
Command strips (the Velcro kind of the absolute best) and sticky tack (Loc-Tite brand, it’s blue)
Keurig or coffee pot (if you’re into that) and all the fixin’s
Bathroom – some of these are included because I have a bathroom within my dorm room
Shower curtain, liner, and rings
Toilet brush and cleaner
Plunger. Plumbing on campuses can be iffy
Lady supplies (if you need those sort of things)
Toiletries and makeup
Some sort of caddy if you’re living in traditional or you’re sharing your bathroom with multiple people and don’t want to clutter the counter
The ULTIMATE What-Shit-To-Pack List for a UK Uni Student-to-be
Im compiling a list (and jeez its long so youre in for the
long hall on this one) of stuff to take to uni :) so heres what ive compiled to
be the essentials for you.
Pointers: this list is based on living in en suite accom
with a ¾ bed and is self catered.
IKEA IS YOUR FRIEND. ALL HAIL IKEA
A lot of stuff you probably have at home
already, bring it rather than buy new.
I will judge you silently if you don’t have an
empty alcohol bottle collection by the end of first year.
Essentially the usual stuff youd take on
holiday, but more of it. Think about where in the country youre living (THE
NORTH IS FUCKING COLD JUST FYI) and what weathers we get during the year.
Also have a mix of party and practical
clothing. The lil black dress for the society formal? Yes! Those heels for that
job interview? Yes! The trainers, jeans and hoodie combo? Hell yes!
Hoodies are beautiful, you will live in
Lots and lots and lots of underwear.
Duvet + pillows
Duvet case + pillow cases (2 sets)
Sheets (2 sets)
Mattress protector (to turn the hard
squeaky bed into a comfy marshmallow of love)
Cushions and teddies from home because
A blanket or two (REFER TO DESCRIPTION OF
Washing hamper and/or bin
Stuff/mementos to decorate room a little
Speakers for ipod/iphone
Door hanger shoe organiser (because you can
store scarves/hats/etc in them too!
Diary/Planner. I wholeheartedly recommend one from staples! You can move stuff without tearing pages out, write in
your own dates/months etc so pages aren’t wasted and can get plastic sleeves
for memory sticks etc and those coloured book marker thingies.
Notebooks for each module (way less
disorganised than sheets of paper and folders)
Lined paper (good for scrap or that shitty
5 credit plagiarism module you have to do)
When Tord is first adopted and is still settling into his newest home, (which he doesn’t bother learning about since he knows it’s only a matter of time before Paul and Patryk are tired of him and send him back) he doesn’t know what to think of his dads.
Patryk is nice enough, he makes sure Tord isn’t cold, he helps Tord with the fiddly buttons on his pajamas and he always speaks softly when Tord can’t remember an English word, he always soothes him by hushing the little Norwegian and reminding him he has lots of time to learn.
And then there’s Paul, who is much more reserved than Patryk is, he’s quieter and seems to be permanently frowning, and the way he is built scares Tord just a little bit, although he won’t admit to it.
He feels bad getting scared by Paul and wonders why he doesn’t get hit when he flinches away from his dad’s touch.
For the first time it’s just him and Paul, Patryk is only next door helping the nice old lady who smells like cookies and candy move some furniture but he doesn’t feel as safe knowing Paul could probably step on him.
He looks too much like his real father, the only differences being his build, eye colour and his accent.
Luckily he’s been left to his own devices while Paul’s in the shower and Tord takes the opportunity to be nosey and wander into the flat a little, something he hadn’t gotten the chance to do before.
His room is mostly bare, he has his big soft bed that could fit at least three people in if they cuddled close, with a batman quilt and pillow case, and a set of oak drawers where he put the small pile of clothes he had, and his teddy bear ‘Edgar’, who sits in the middle of the bed and protects him from the monsters that try to get out of the empty closet at night.
He can’t explore the bathroom, and he feels like he could get in trouble if he goes into his parent’s room without permission, so he toddles into the living room.
It’s a normal living room, with a burgundy couch and matching armchair, and a huge TV that could probably squish him if it fell, there’s also a sleek black coffee table in the middle resting on a big, furry white rug that reminds Tord of polar bears.
Behind the armchair is a small corner and a bookshelf, most of the books have long titles that he can’t quite read yet and there aren’t any picture books like they had back at the orphanage, still he doesn’t miss that place.
As he scans over the spines of the books he notices one that juts out like a rusty nail, it’s white and longer than the others with a long gold string hanging over the edge, Tord slides it out gently and holds it in his hands.
It’s a pristine white with golden cursive writing adorning the front, he can read ‘Patryk and Paul’ but that’s it so he opens the cover very carefully and looks through it.
The first picture is of two little boys around his age holding hands, the taller one has long brown hair tied up in a red ribbon and the shorter one has spikier hair and thick eyebrows, Tord lets out a very tiny gasp when he realises that the two boys are his dads.
It’s weird to look at your parents and realise they were kids too.
The next page is the same, with Patryk still the taller boy even as they’ve aged and look older than Tord now, although they’re not holding hands anymore they’re still smiling, Patryk has a missing front tooth and Paul still has his big furry eyebrows.
Next they’re lankier and look just about in the awkward stages of puberty, Patryk’s bangs are covering his eyes and he’s wearing braces and Paul has bad acne on his face and the start of a beard, Patryk has his arm around Paul’s waist and Tord can see the pink on Paul’s cheeks.
Another turn of the page and they don’t have a photo together, instead they have two separate photos of them in front of two different buildings and the photos have been taped together crudely with pink sharpie hearts around Patryk’s side and orange hearts around Paul’s side.
Another page, they’re together again and they’re crying hard, with red eyes and tear stains but they’re both smiling and Patryk has his right hand lifted up and not so subtely showing off a diamond ring.
He goes to turn the page again but is stopped by a gruff voice.
“What’re you doing here Tord?” Paul crouches down beside him and looks at the book, only responding with an ‘Oh.’
Tord braces himself for a beating but it never comes and the only touch he gets is Paul lifting him into his arms and sitting him down on the sofa.
“You’ve been looking through our book, have you?” Tord nods but doesn’t look up, he’s disappointed Paul.
Except he hasn’t and Paul sits down beside him with the clean white book in his hands, still on the same page Tord had left it on and motions for Tord to come closer.
“See, this is when I proposed, Patryk had just graduated and I had been dying to ask him for years.” Tord takes a closer look at the ring, it’s beautiful and he realises he’s seen it on Patryk’s finger before.
Paul turns the page to show a collage of photos from their wedding.
“There was a blizzard at our wedding but Patryk still wanted to get married anyway, I got pneumonia on our Honeymoon.” Paul chuckled and Tord leaned in closer to his chest to see the photos.
Patryk wore a black suit with a white shirt and pink tie, while Paul wore a white suit, black shirt and orange tie, the photos were all professionally taken, with a small watermark in the lower right corner and in every single one they were smiling and staring at each other instead of the camera.
“I tell you, he was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.” His cheeks are dusted pink as he turns the page, pausing to ruffle Tord’s hair, there are two more pages of wedding photos, of his dads, his grandparents and other people who he hadn’t met yet, and everything looked really fun, the weddings he’d seen on TV and in books were boring, but Paul and Patryk weren’t boring.
Paul turns the page again and it’s blank, save for some more fancy cursive written in red.
“Can you read that Tord?” Paul asks gently, like Patryk does, and Tord has to shake his head.
“Right, it says, ‘Today Paul and I are going to sign the paperwork and adopt Tord, I can’t wait to fill this book with pictures of him too!” Tord’s heart skips a beat, they really did want him, didn’t they?
Paul wasn’t like his real dad, and Patryk was just as nice as he acted, they were the best parents he could ask for, and he felt bad thinking they would hurt him.
He curled himself into Paul’s lap and hugged his waist as tight as his small arms could.
“Thank you so much daddy, I love you.” Paul felt tears prick his eyes.
“I love you too, little trooper.”
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